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Recorded Webinar Over Threshold: The Changing Definition - With Eileen Anderson

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014
  • 12:00 PM (CST)
  • Sunday, February 27, 2022
  • 1:30 PM (CST)
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Recorded PPG Webinar

Over Threshold: The Changing Definition

Join Eileen Anderson for this thought provoking webinar. 

Something has happened to the word “threshold.” Surprisingly, the way the term is used in the force free dog training community is comparatively new. The general consensus is that the term “over threshold” refers to a dog that has been adversely affected by a stimulus and demonstrating that by overt behavior. However, this usage differs from the original definition of “threshold" as used in the discipline of psychology. The discrepancy between the usages contributes to some confusion in the training community. 

The webinar will cover several different usages of the word “threshold” as applied to the senses, emotions, and behavior of dogs, and how different methods of training and conditioning dogs with behavior problems fit with regard to these various tipping points. 

Webinar Learning Objectives

1. To understand the psychological and physiological definitions of the term “threshold.”

2. To review the usage of the term “over threshold” in the dog training community.

3. To learn about the physiological “fight or flight” response.

4. To understand the definition of “aversive” and its implications when dealing with fear responses.

5. To see where the different protocols for dealing with fear and aggression in dogs fit with the varied meanings of “threshold.”

About The Presenter

Eileen Anderson, BM, MM, MS

Eileen is a passionate amateur dog trainer who writes about learning theory, her life with three dogs, and force free training in her blog and other publications. She brings a science background, critical thinking skills, and teaching experience to her writing, with a focus on making training accessible and learning theory comprehensible to pet owners. 

Eileen has worked professionally as a writer and academic editor, a network administrator, taught remedial college math, and trained all levels of computer skills in academic and workplace settings. She has a lifelong passion for making technology accessible to women, people with low literacy skills, and other underserved populations. She is now channeling that same urge to translate, explain, and make concepts comprehensible into the subjects of humane treatment of dogs and joyful companionship between dogs and people. 

She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance, and a master’s degree in engineering science. She received the Certificate of Excellence for completion of Susan Friedman’s professional course, Living and Learning with Animals, in 2012. She lives in the mid-Southern U.S. and works at a non-profit that helps impoverished women access medical care. 

She blogs at Eileen and Dogs, Click here .





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